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Over the past few years my daughters interest in pop music has grown, she loves watching all the latest music videos and she has an ever growing collection of CDs. She especially loved listening to the radio in the car during the school run, she moved school last year and now gets picked up from the house in a school bus so is no longer able to listen to her favourite station. She received some money in a card for her birthday and asked me if she could buy a little radio for her bedroom, I actually didn't think we would get anything for just £10 but after a quick search on Amazon we found this Sony (iCFS22) portable radio for just £9.99.
The radio is a little bulky but can still be carried around or placed in a bag without taking up too much room, plus it isn't so small that it gets easily misplaced or lost. My daughter can hold it quite comfortably in one hand using the carry strap to keep it secured to her wrist. It is made out of a quality thick plastic, it has a rounded appearance with no sharp edges. My daughter has dropped the radio a few times, so there are a few scratched and scuffs on the silver body, but nothing too bad really.
There are two speakers, a rather large one on the front and a smaller one at the back. The analogue tuning dial is located along the left hand side along with the band switch for either AM or FM. On the right side there is a headphone socket and volume control. It has a telescopic antenna, which can be clipped to the side whilst not in use.
The radio is battery operated and cannot be connected to the mains. It takes two AA batteries, I tend to use branded batteries. Surprisingly I have found that batteries last a rather long time before needing to be changed, my daughter uses the radio on a regular basis and yet the batteries only need changing around once a month.
Sound wise the radio is quite decent - perhaps a little tinny but not bad considering the speakers are mono and not stereo.
This really is a basic personal radio, it isn't particularly flashy in either looks or features but it does the job intended and suits my daughters needs.
A quick look online shows the Sony ICFS22 portable radio is currently priced at £12.99 on Amazon.
There was a time (before the digital revolution) when radios were simple devices that could be picked up for an incredibly low price. Luckily, one such device is still available, and it goes by the name of the Sony ICF-S22. No, it's not the most technically advanced radio; the speaker on the front is mono, and the overall look is rather 90's in style - but that's understandable considering the fact that this model has been available for years. The radio can currently be picked up from Amazon for only £9.99, which represents great value for money considering the fact that it's such a reliable machine. One of the radio's main selling points is the fact that it's ultra portable - measuring it's something you can comfortably hold in the hand.
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The radio is an FM / AM model so the longwave listers amongst you won't be catered for. For me, this isn't a problem, because I only use the device for Radio 5Live which is on medium wave. Constructed from a tough plastic (my version is actually all black, rather than the grey colour shown in dooyoo's picture), the radio will survive a few knocks and scrapes - I've dropped it countless times and it has always lived to tell the tale. The great thing about the radio is how long batteries last in it - OK, this may not be the case if you decide to have it on full blast 24/7 - but at low volumes i've found that it has the potential to last for around three months before I need to consider changing the two AA's.
The long telescopic ariel (which folds neatly and clips to the radio's rear) ensures that you'll receive clear reception (unless you live in a REALLY awful reception area). The right hand side of the radio houses the volume dial, an earphone / headphone input, and a length or cord which is handy for wrapping round your wrist during transportation. The left hand side features the FM / AM selector switch, and a tuner dial which can be used to easily scroll through the available frequencies.
As I previously mentioned, the front speaker is mono - but the sound quality is pretty decent for the measly size of the device. To be honest it's probably a radio which is best suited for spoken word rather than music, but however you look at it, the ICF-S22 certainly outperforms the measly price tag.
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If you're someone who is impressed by the latest gadgetry, then this particular radio won't be for you (there's no presets, backlight or other fancy features) - however, if you want a cheap, reliable, and portable radio then you can't go too far wrong here. Overall, a brilliant and energy efficient device which really delivers the goods.
Tucked away in the back of one of my drawers, I found an old Sony ICF S22 handheld portable radio, which I believe I originally bought for when we went camping, and to give us a bit of quick, cheap musical entertainment whilst we were away from civilisation. I remember buying this small radio for under £10 (well, by 1p) and thinking that it looked quite robust, and would be just the thing for trips into the countryside.
This is not a digital or DAB radio, it's not that advanced, relying on users tuning it in to AM and FM frequency numbers to pick up certain stations e.g. 88-91 FM is Radio 2 (or it was back when I was listening to it, I remember the jingle that used to go along with the info telling you where to tune into).
The handheld radio, although far from newly released, is not old fashioned in it's appearance, being a sleek silver colour and looking quite nice in general. Most of the front of the radio consists of a large speaker area, which means there's a good amount of sound generated by this product. Again, on the front of this portable radio is a display of the AM and FM wave numbers, which you can change using the tuning dial which is on the side of the device. Should you wish to listen to the radio on your headphones, you can plug them into a standard headphone jack on the side of the radio too.
To boost reception of the signals, there is a telescopic aerial which extends out of the side of the radio when in use, and when you don't need it, simply unextend it and it will tuck into the side of the radio and not get in the way. Once you have a good grip on a signal, a small red LED light will shine.
In terms of the sound produced, this is a good little radio and produces what I would call a very good mid-range quality of sound. Not everything is crystal clear as that depends on your signal, but once locked on, the sound quality is good enough for what I need it for, and it's easy to use and reliable.
The Sony ICF S22 is battery powered and runs on 2 x AA batteries. Unlike a lot of handheld devices, this radio doesn't seem to go through a lot of electricity, and I believe I've only had to change the batteries twice after around 3 years of irregular use - I might have only used it 4 or 5 times a year, but during those times it will have been on for several hours at each go.
The radio weighs just under half a kilogram, which isn't too much for a portable radio.
One of the best aspects to this radio is the fact it's durable. Whilst many portable radios will have their aerials snapped off fairly easily, this one is attached very firmly, and everything is still working well. The outer silver case is tough, and aside from a few scratches, shows no real signs of wear.
Although it doesn't pick up digital signals, this is still a good radio, or will be until the stations decide to only broadcast in digital, but I think that's a fair few years away hopefully.
My 4 year old son loves listening to music when he sleeps. Although I tried out different toy radios, the music always sounded crackly with bursts of static and the receiving of the stations was not very good. I decided to purchase a useful, "genuine handyman" radio for my son, who is very good at breaking things. So far, the Sony ICF-S22 has proven itself to be a high-quality, tough radio, suitable for toddlers (as long as they don't bend the antenna!)
The Sony ICF-S22 is a compact and attractive silver hand held portable radio with simple knobs and a decent volume. Reception from the radio is high quality, no crackles and static at the normal volume. This radio has the usual features of AM/FM tuner, earphone input and a built in speaker. An LED light shows battery energy and whether it's tuned correctly.
Two AA batteries are required to run the radio and these last well. The Sony ICF-S22 is lightweight and portable, excellent for occasions such as picnics, walking around in the great outdoors and for party music when you can't be bothered setting up a stereo. I have often found myself "borrowing" it from my son for these types of occasions and he is really proud to lend me his "real man's radio".
The best part about this radio is the lack of parental guidance needed. You don't need any instruction leaflet as getting the music happening on this radio is dead easy - my 4 year had it figured out 5 mins after unwrapping it. Also, the batteries take awhile to run out which means less stuffing around in general.
At an affordable £10, I was very impressed with the quality of the radio and have found it so far to be quite durable and well built. It's light, a nice size and a great radio to take anywhere. I would highly recommend this radio for a present for children as it's not complicated and provides hours of entertainment.
Sony is a huge name in the electronic industry and when I saw this personal radio I was astonished by the price and how well it worked.
You have got this rather lacklustre grey scaled personal radio which is not that bulky and quite light in weight. On the front there is the dial which displays what frequency you are on with this red line inside which displays exactly where you are.
There is a huge speaker along the front of the item and on the right hand side is the volume control and power switch as well.
There is an aerial situated on the top which can extend quite well. The device is extremely loud when placed on full power for volume and I have found even on the half way point it can display great quality sound as well.
The item stands alone without a stand and has a mono tone output which might not suit everybody's needs but in theory it does everything you want from a personal radio.
You can get AM and FM frequencies which should be noted and you need to AA batteries to make sure this item works accordingly. I have had no problems with the sound as I use this item in the bathroom and with the volume going very well you can hear the radio over most sounds.
There is the odd interruption when you are near the item and blocking a potential signal and this high pitched sound comes from the device but other than that the item is extremely useful and for around £9.99 in price from many locations it works out as a cheap bargain.
It is impossible to have a great affection for a clock radio. It performs one of the most disliked tasks that any electrical device can do - it wakes you up in a morning. The 390 LWH can do this either with a buzzer or with a pre-selected radio station. Frankly why you would choose the buzzer I do not know when you can wake up to Sara Cox or Sarah Kennedy, though wait a minute the buzzer suddenly becomes an attractive option.
The clock/radio works best off the mains but you need to have a battery for back-up particularly if like me you live out in the country where the area is prone to power cuts. The clock radio has always been reliable and keeps good time. The audio standard is passably good but getting the best station position is always a bit tricky.
The alarm always seems to catch you out in a morning. Every night Mrs par4 and I set it at a level we think is quite low but still it sounds very loud in a morning. There is a snooze facility, the most dangerous thing for those who always want that extra 10 minutes in bed in a morning.
We have had the Sony a couple of years now and it still works well. It is reasonably attractive and has pleasant green glowing LED display. A product that I can recommend.
The Sony ICF-S 22 is a hand held portable radio which I just stumble across few days ago. I don't know were we got it from, maybe it was given to us, I can't remember. I simply put batteries inside it to check if it works and it did so thought might as well review it.
The portable radio is of old style and not DAB. It's silver and has your traditional manual radio tuning dial on the side. It has a speaker which takes up most of the front and the rest is taken up by the station frequency wave numbers, AM/FM. At the side you have a headphone jack and above it near the corner a string handle. It has an extendable Arial which when not in use tucks in nicely same size of the radio. A little red LED light lets you know when you have a good frequency locked on.
- Hand held portable radio
- FM/AM analogue tuner with LED indicator
- Built-in speaker, telescopic antenna, earphone jack, carrying strap
- Operates on 2 x AA-sized batteries (not supplied)
- Weight 450g
The radio is very simple to use and will get you the frequency you want quick with the easy to use dial. You have the option of AM/FM and they both work well depending on signal. The sound is clear and doesn't crackle which is ideal for leaving in one place and not having the need to go back and forth to adjust the frequency again. As I mentioned it's not a DAB radio it's more a 90's style radio, simple and effective. It's also very durable so can handle a rough tumble once in a while and conveniently fits in the palm of your hand even though it is a bit thick compared to hand held radios nowadays.
Overall a very good hand held portable radio by Sony so you know it will last. Mine still works and I don't know how long we've had it for. This radio costs only around £10 which is good value.
About 4 years ago before going on a camping trip to Norfolk, I made the decision to spend £10 on a "decent" portable radio.
I had not any previous luck with a couple of wind up radios that simply didnt charge or were not a good enough quality in reception. I purchased the Sony icf-s22 from a Woolworths store for £9.99 and have simply not looked back.
It a tough, durable portable FM/AM radio that takes two AA batteries. The power consumption is excellent, as i seem to have to change the batteries very rarely indeed. I use the radio on all camping trips and on my boat and i have never had any complaints. Be it about reception, battery usage or portability this littlke gem of a radio ticks all boxes.
The reception is very good indeed with an ariel that retracts and folds neatly away...but most importantly , after years of rough and tumble use the ariel is still there!.
The radio comes in silver casing that does not scratch easily with a handy strap that again is very durable. There is a red LED indicator to tell you the battery and tuning strength and comes complete with a headphones slot.
The only obvious real disadadvante to this this pocket radio is that it is not DAB, which in all honesty has never been a problem for me but might for others who are used to the crisp reception of digital radio.
This really is a solid reliable portable radio that has been a very good friend to me for many a year. I still see this radio on the shelves of many shops including Tesco, Superdrug and Woolworths for prices ranging from £5.99 to £9.99 and if anyone is looking for a reliable battery operated portable radio....look no further.